Day 2 of Debris Clean-Up

Chicago, IL – Removal of the ashes and debris from October’s fire continues at the Shrine while the press was given access to the clean-up process going on inside the church.

Press Release: Shrine Rising Continues: Christ The King Church Clean-Up



CHICAGO, IL (April 26, 2016) – In the aftermath of a devastating fire on October 7th, 2015, and following its narrow escape from demolition yet again, the Shrine of Christ the King Church continues to rise up from its ashes—this time in a very literal way.

Crews are now beginning to remove the ash and debris from inside the fire-damaged church. This work marks the start of Phase One of the “Rise with the Shrine” campaign for the complete restoration of this City of Chicago landmark church.

In late February, the Archdiocese of Chicago deeded the church buildings and property to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, thanks in a special way to the support of historic preservation groups and local neighborhood associations. Since then, the Institute has been active with its construction team in making preparations and plans for the rebuilding.

On Tuesday, April 26, at 10:00am the press will be given access to the clean-up process going on inside the church. Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico, provincial Superior of the Institute in the United States, as well as some of the leading workers and community members, will also be available for interviews to mark this historic occasion.

For more information please contact Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico at or at 973-590-6494.


Ramp Created for Access Point

Today the workers built the ramp which makes possible the access point into the building. This will facilitate, among other things, the removal of debris from the church beginning next week.

Making Progress

Work has continued at the Shrine this week! Stones and bricks have been carefully removed to create a large construction access point. The stones have all been numbered for their later return.


Infant King Statue Travels to Europe for Repairs

Damaged Infant King Statue

In late March the Historic Statue of the Infant King returned to Germany for the much needed post-fire repairs. Not only will His arm be restored to Him, but the smoke-damaged wood will be restored as well. In the statue’s place currently stands a smaller hand-made statue modeled after our Infant King. Our hope is that such statues may be made available in the future to have in the homes of His devotees! With the help of your prayers, we could have our statue back as early as June 19th, which is the 10th anniversary of the canonical erection of the Shrine! Deo gratias!

Workers Begin Creating Access Point to Church Interior

A primary access point for the church’s interior is needed. This will permit accessibility into the building for the machinery required in the fire debris removal, as well as for the lifts needed to make the engineering analysis which will result in redesigning the trusses and steel supports for the new roofing system. This access is being created in a large window bay on the church’s north side.

Workers removed the damaged window and have begun the procedure for shoring and removal of the exterior stone below the window. Each of these stones will be carefully removed, cataloged, and properly stored. Then each stone will be reinstalled after the opening is no longer required.